Clean Water Legacy Partners Grants

BWSR Accepting Applications for Clean Water Legacy Partners Pilot Program

Minnesota tribal governments, nonprofit organizations eligible for grants that benefit water quality

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is now accepting grant applications for the Clean Water Legacy Partners Pilot Program, a new initiative that seeks to protect, enhance and restore water quality throughout the state. Eligible applicants are tribal governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

“These grants offer new opportunities to accomplish important water quality protection or restoration work,” said BWSR Executive Director John Jaschke. “We look forward to seeing the results from these partnerships through this new pilot program.”

A total of $500,000 from the Clean Water Fund is available to each of the two eligible applicant groups. Grant requests must be between $25,001 and $250,000; a non-state match of at least 10%, provided via cash or in-kind services, is required. The grants can be used for a wide range of conservation activities including urban stormwater practices, agricultural best management practices, shoreline stabilization projects, well sealing and public engagement efforts. Read more about the program in BWSR’s Snapshots newsletter.

EXAMPLES OF ELIGIBLE PRACTICES. Activities that result in multiple benefits are strongly encouraged.

  • urban stormwater practices (e.g. rain gardens)
  • forestry practices
  • agricultural conservation practices (e.g. fencing cattle out of streams or cover crops)
  • in-lake, lakeshore and streambank stabilization projects
  • well sealing
  • septic system upgrades
  • community/public engagement events and activities related to clean water
  • other water quality projects

HOW TO APPLY Visit the BWSR website for more information and to complete an application at 

DEADLINE: The application period closes Feb. 15, 2023. For more information on how to apply, see the program’s Request for Proposals on BWSR’s website.